Article and quotes courtesy ReelzChannel. Director Ridley Scott’s upcoming Prometheus began as a prequel to Scott’s 1979 sci-fi classic Alien, until a few months ago, when the Prometheus title was announced and Scott revealed that the movie would include “a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place.” It was also announced that Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (the Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) had landed the lead role in the movie, that of a scientist named Elizabeth Shaw. It’s the second major role the actress has landed in Hollywood, along with the role of the gypsy Sim in Sherlock Holmes sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. During a visit to the Game of Shadows, Rapace described the Prometheus role to MTV and talked about what it’s like to be in Scott’s sci-fi movie.
It’s overwhelming. It’s a great honor and I’m really excited. I’ve met him maybe seven or eight times and he’s so passionate. I think he really loves movies. He watches movies every night. He’s seen everything. When you talk about anything, you know, he’s seen it and knows it. So it’s so inspiring to talk to him. We had a long chat on the phone – he’s in LA now – about my character. I have many ideas and he has many ideas, and now we’re starting to search and try to find her. I’m jumping into that straight off of [A Game of Shadows]. My character’s name is Elizabeth Shaw, so I will step into her shoes in March and be her for six months or something. It’s quite a long shoot. It’s unbelievable.
The Alien franchise has always had a female lead, that of Ripley, the character Sigourney Weaver played in all four Alien movies. Despite Prometheus only containing “strands of Alien DNA,” the comparisons of Rapace’s Shaw to Weaver’s Ripley are inevitable, but not something that Rapace is worried about since Shaw is definitely her own character.”
She’s a scientist and she’s very bright. She’s a believer. I think there are some similarities, but she’s very much her own. I don’t think people will compare her so much to Ripley once they see the movie.
The cast for Prometheus continues to grow. With Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron set to co-star with Rapace, Idris Elba (The Losers, Thor), Sean Harris and Kate Dickie were added the cast at the end of last month, and, according to the DailyMail (via The Playlist), British actor Rafe Spall (Hot Fizz) is joining the cast as well in an unspecified role. Details of the exact storyline, originally written by Jon Spaihts, and rewritten by Damon Lindelof, as well as many of the movie’s characters, are being kept secret for now.
Prometheus is set to start production on March 21, and, as Rapace pointed, will continue for six months. The movie is scheduled to open on June 8, 2012.